PUC SHOCKS CHICAGO STATE: The Purdue Calumet knocked off its second-straight NCAA opponent, defeating Division I opponent Chicago State 68-62 in an exhibition Tuesday night.
The Peregrines have won three straight, including Saturday’s exhibition victory over NCAA Div. II’s No. 18 Indianapolis.
Freshman Cassidy Deno led five players in double figures for Purdue Calumet with 15. Brooklyn Short added 12 points and a game-high six assists, while Stephanie Balon, Kami Graber and Patrice McBee each tallied 11 points.
REDHAWKS FALL TO INDIANA KOKOMO: Morgan Township grad Brandon Grubl poured in 21 points, but Indiana Northwest fell 77-72 to Indiana Kokomo on Tuesday night.
Highland grad Brandon Reyes scored 18 points, including a 4-for-8 from 3-point range. Griffith grad Ben Parish chipped in 11 points and led IUN with seven rebounds.
SSC OUTLASTS PRAIRIE STATE: Antonio Levy scored 24 points, and Charles Knowles added 20 and 12 rebounds as South Suburban College (8-1) beat the visiting Pioneers, 85-78.
Jerry Davis III chipped in 12 points, Jalen Brown 11, and Nick Lehnerer had 10 for the winners.
VERVYNCKT ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN: Valparaiso senior Todd Vervynckt has been named to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-American Division I Men’s Soccer First Team.
A Third Team Academic All-American last year, Vervynckt is the first Crusader in program history to be selected to the first team. He carries a 3.98 cumulative grade point average as a mechanical engineering major. On the field, he finished second on the team in goals with two and tied for second in assists with two.
AREA IN CONTENTION FOR NCAA TOURNEY: South Shore Sports Promotions, in collaboration with Valparaiso University’s Athletic Department, is among the finalists for the 2015 through 2018 NCAA Woman’s Bowling Championships site.
The bid was submitted with Olympia Lanes in Hammond as the host facility. Selected locations will be announced Dec. 11. The eight-team tournament is scheduled for the second Thursday through Saturday in April of each year.
VU SIGNS TREXLER: Aubree Trexler, a two-time first-team all-state selection from Hamilton Heights, has signed a national letter of intent to attend Valparaiso University.
Trexler took third at the Indiana state tournament as a junior after third-place finishes at the semistate and regional tournaments. In 2011, she won regional and semistate championships before placing seventh at state.
Trexler has also picked up five wins on both the Indiana Junior Bowlers Tour and in the Indiana Youth Scholarship Bowling Tournament, in addition to the inaugural IHSB Collegiate Challenge in 2011. She owns a high series of 774, a high game of 279 and a high average of 207.
OILMEN ADD TWO: The Northwest Indiana Oilmen have added Bishop Noll's Larry Crisler and Michigan State pitcher Zak Wilkerson to the roster for the 2014 season.
Crisler, who has committed to play his college ball at Indiana, hit .467 as a junior with 15 doubles, 35 stolen bases and 50 runs scored as a junior, earning Times All-Area honors.
Wilkerson has made his way back from a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow that cost him his sophomore season. He compiled a 2.38 earned run average in 11.1 innings as a freshman in 2011, contributing to the Spartans squad that won the Big Ten Championship.
THOMAS, MADDUX ON HALL OF FAME BALLOT: Four-time Cy Young Award winner Greg Maddux, two-time winner Tom Glavine and two-time AL MVP Frank Thomas are among 19 newcomers on this year's Hall of Fame ballot, joining steroid-tainted holdovers Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa.
Voters are the approximately 600 writers who have been members of the BBWAA for 10 consecutive years at any point. Ballots are due by Dec. 31, and results will be announced Jan. 8.
CUBS OBTAIN KOTTARAS FROM ROYALS: The Cubs acquired catcher George Kottaras from the Kansas City Royals for a cash consideration on Tuesday.
The 30-year-old Kottaras served as Kansas City's backup catcher last season after being claimed off waivers from Oakland in January. He played in 46 games, hitting .180 with five home runs and 12 RBIs.
Around the horn
Purdue North Central improved to 4-4 over the weekend with wins over the Illinois Institute of Technology (94-47) and Silver Lake (95-70). Marcus Heard posted 19 points and 17 rebounds against IIT, while Justin Reynolds registered 22 points versus Silver Lake. Kewon Ollie added 16 points and six assists.